Now that Senator Warmonger is in the race, it looks like he's going to have to prove his bona fides with ammosexuals.
Burglars beware: Lindsey Graham has an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle, and he won't hesitate to use it if he has to.
Graham told a town hall attendee today who suggested that he's in favor of stricter gun control measures, that he's a 'staunch supporter of the Second Amendment ' with a voting record arsenal of firearms to prove it.
'Check me out. Check my rating with the NRA. Come to my house, I will show you my AR-15,' he said.
Immediately after Daily Mail Online tweeted Graham's comments, the communications director for his Senate office, Kevin Bishop, responded with a link to a National Rifle Association press release announcing its endorsement of the senator's 2014 re-election effort.
The South Carolina lawmaker was in Des Moines, Iowa, on Friday trying to build support for his fledgling presidential campaign when he was confronted by a member of the Iowa Gun Owners association.
Forgive me for being a cynic, but that sounds like a setup to make Graham look like a manly man with his manly guns.
Graham then tried to shift the focus onto President Barack Obama, who in early 2013 pushed the Senate to expand background checks for potential gun purchasers following the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, Connecticut.
Statistics show that 9,000 felons failed a criminal background check throughout the last several years, he said, 'and not one of them got prosecuted.'
'If I'm President of the United States, and you're a felon on the run, and you try to buy a gun, you're going to jail,' he asserted.
The questioner pointed out that Graham voted to allow the background check legislation onto the Senate floor when other Republicans, namely Iowa's senior senator, Chuck Grassley, did not.
Graham noted that he didn't vote in favor of the legislation. He just voted to allow debate on it in the upper chamber. 'I was not about to say that I am afraid of a debate about what to do' in response to a school shooting, he said.
His plan: Put an armed cop in every school 'so they can protect those kids.'
Awesome. Kids, don't worry about a thing. That nice man with a gun over there is your friend. You're not really going to school in prison.
I guess the takeaway for us is that every single Republican candidate is going to have to pass the NRA litmus test, right after they pass through the Hannity primary and the religious right "do-you-hate-enough-people" test.